Posted: July 31, 2012
This past weekend marked a big milestone for the tour launch of the new prototype 913 drivers as Titleist Brand Ambassadors Bernd Wiesberger and Ben Kohles recorded the first official wins on the worldwide professional tours with the new 913 drivers in their bag.
Wiesberger tweeted earlier this month after one of his first test session's with his new 913D3 driver, "I don't think I have ever hit a Driver that good. Guys, you can really look forward to the new [Titleist] 913 Driver line!"
Fast forward to this past weekend and he found himself atop the leaderboard on home soil at the Lyoness Open at Diamond Country Club in Atzenbrugg, Austria. This marked the first official win for the new Titleist 913 driver and Wiesberger's second career European Tour victory (and second win of the year).
Wiesberger worked with the Titleist European Support Team to get dialed in with his new driver and landed on the Titleist 913D3 7.5º with an Aldila RIP Alpha 80 shaft and a SureFit Tour hosel setting of A•1.
Back in the United States, Ben Kohles (who finished his amateur career last week) stepped up to the tee in his first professional event with a new 913D3 in the bag and never looked back. Trusting his new 913D3 driver, Kohles finished T-1 for the tournament in driving accuracy and won in fashion by dropping a 22-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole.
Kohles driver specs: Titleist 913D3 9.5º with a Graphite Design DI-7x shaft at 44.5" (tipped at 1") and a SureFit Tour hosel setting of D•1.
"It's absolutely a dream come true," said Kohles, the first player to win an event on the tour in his pro debut. "What more can you ask for in your first pro event than to win? It's still a bit of shock and I'm not sure it's all sunk in yet."
We are only a few short weeks into the tour seeding and performance validation process for the new prototype 913 drivers and the buzz on tour is continuing to build. Check out the links below for more 913 driver coverage and stay tuned to Team Titleist for the latest updates.
First Look: Prototype Titleist 913 Drivers
Slideshow: Seeding and Testing of New Prototype Titleist 913 Drivers Begins
Video: Seeding, Testing and Fitting the New Prototype Titleist 913 Drivers
Slideshow: Seeding and Testing of New Prototype Titleist 913 Drivers – Day 2
Video: First Impressions of New Prototype 913 Drivers
Posted: July 30, 2012
Titleist Brand Ambassador Scott Piercy led a five-win week for Titleist golf ball players, trusting a Pro V1x golf ball and a bag full of Titleist equipment to capture the RBC Canadian Open for his second career PGA TOUR victory.
Joining Scott in the winners' circle, Titleist Brand Ambassador Bernd Wiesberger topped the leaderboard at the European Tour's Lyoness Open and became the first player to win on golf’s worldwide professional tours using a Titleist 913 prototype driver.
And keeping the momentum going strong for the prototype 913 drivers, Titleist Brand Ambassador Ben Kohles also relied on a Titleist 913D3 prototype driver to triumph in his very first professional start at the Web.com Tour's Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational.
Additional wins on the South African and China PGA tours rounded out the successful weekend.
PGA TOUR: Scott Piercy shot four rounds in the 60s at Hamilton Golf and Country Club to edge two players by one shot, including Pro V1 loyalist Robert Garrigus. The 33-year-old Piercy, who fired a record-setting 8-under par 62 in the first round of the tournament, posted a 17-under 263, tying the 72-hole tournament scoring record. The long hitter followed his opening round 62 with three consecutive 67's, navigating his way strategically around the tight Hamilton Golf and Country Club track, hitting his AP2 4-iron off many tees.
In the final round Piercy made four consecutive birdies on hole Nos. 2-5. He bogeyed No. 8 as well as No. 14, but a bounce-back, chip-in for birdie at No. 15 ultimately provided the single shot margin he needed for the win.
Next week Piercy won't be able to defend his first career win, the Reno-Tahoe Open (which he won last year), because it is held opposite the World Golf Championships at Firestone Country Club, an event he qualified for with his win in Canada. With the win, Piercy also qualifies for the PGA Championship a week later.
Here's a closer look at Scott Piercy's Titleist equipment:
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x Driver: Titleist 910D2 7.5º (Diamana Blue 63) Irons: Titleist AP2 (4) and 690 (5-9) (Dynamic Gold) Wedges: Vokey Design SM4 49º, 53º, 57º,60º (Dynamic Gold) Putter: Scotty Cameron Select GoLo
Three players tied for 4th place, including fellow Titleist Brand Ambassadors Bud Cauley and Chris Kirk, as well as Pro V1x loyalist Josh Teater. Cauley and Kirk each relied upon the Pro V1x golf ball and new 913 prototype drivers among their full bags of Titleist equipment. All three players posted top 10 performances at last week's True South Classic as well, with Cauley finishing 4th, Teater placing 9th and Kirk tying for 10th.
Titleist was the top choice of more players in the Canadian Open field of 156 in the golf ball category with 103 (66%), nearly seven times the nearest competitor with 15. Titleist was also the field favorite in the iron (39), wedge (141) and putter (60) categories.
A total of 33 players relied upon Titleist drivers at the event, including a combined 16 new 913D3 (11) and 913D2 (5) models.
Statistically, Piercy finished among the top 10 in six different categories, including Eagles (1st/2), Birdies (T3/20), Strokes Gained Putting (4th/1.789), Putts Per Round (T7/27.8), Putts Per Greens in Regulation (T9/1.688) and Driving Distance (9th/311.3).
With his win at the RBC Canadian Open, Piercy joins fellow Titleist full product line ambassadors Steve Stricker (Hyundai Tournament of Champions), Kyle Stanley (Waste Management Phoenix Open), Bill Haas (Northern Trust Open), Rory McIlroy (Honda Classic), Ben Curtis (Valero Texas Open), Jason Dufner (Zurich Classic, Byron Nelson Championship), Zach Johnson (Crowne Plaza Invitational, John Deere Classic), Webb Simpson (U.S. Open), Marc Leishman (Travelers Championship) and Scott Stallings (True South Classic) in the Titleist Winners' Circle.
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EUROPEAN: Titleist Brand Ambassador Bernd Wiesberger called it "the best day of my life so far," after firing a final round 7-under par 65 to capture the Lyoness Open on home soil. The 26-year old Austrian converted a dramatic 30-foot putt for birdie on the final hole to post a 19-under par 269 victory total, topping two players by three shots, including fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Thomas Levet.
Wiesberger, who closed with a 6-under par 30 over the final nine holes, is the second Austrian to win his national Open. It also marks his second career European Tour victory, which comes just three months after his first win at the Ballantine’s Championship.
With this win, Wiesberger also becomes the first player to win on the worldwide professional tours with the new Titleist 913 driver. In fact, it was a 1-2 finish for players relying upon the 913, as Levet tied for 2nd, also trusting the 913D3. It was just the second event that Weisberger and Levet played the new 913 drivers in competition. They both put it in their bags the first week it was available to European Tour players at the Scottish Open.
What's in Bernd Wiesberger's Bag?:
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x Driver: Titleist 913D3 prototype 7.5º (Aldila RIP a 80) Fairway Metal: 910F 13.5º Irons: Titleist AP2 (2) and CB (3-P) (Project X Steel) Wedge: Vokey Design Spin Milled 54º(Dynamic Gold) Wedge: Vokey Design SM4 60º(Dynamic Gold) Putter: Scotty Cameron Select GoLo
Titleist had a total of 34 drivers in play, including a combined 14 of the new 913D3 (12) and 913D2 (2) prototype models. Among the participants putting in play for the first time were Michael Jonzon (913D3/8.5) and Ricardo Santos (913D2/8.5).
Titleist golf ball loyalists accounted for 100 players (69%) in the 144-player Lyoness Open field, more than six times the nearest competitor with 15.
WEB.COM TOUR: Titleist Brand Ambassador Ben Kohles won the Web.com Tour's Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational in his first professional start, topping Pro V1x golf ball loyalist Luke Guthrie by converting a 22-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole. Kohles also birdied two of the final three holes of regulation to close with a 1-under 70, matching Guthrie's 12-under 272 total on Ohio State's Scarlet Course. Guthrie birdied three of the last five holes in regulation for a final round 66.
Kohles relied on the Pro V1x golf ball and a full bag of Titleist equipment for his success, including the new 913D3 prototype driver the first time he played it in competition.
What's in Ben Kohles Bag?:
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x Driver: Titleist 913D3 prototype 9.5º Fairway Metal: Titleist 910F 13.5º Hybrid: Titleist 910H 17º Irons: Titleist CB (3-P) Wedge: Vokey Design SM4 52º, 58º Putter: Scotty Cameron Select GoLo
One of 12 college All-Americans invited to the event, the 22-year old Kohles, who played at the University of Virginia, turned pro after finishing his amateur career last week in the Porter Cup. Guthrie was also an All-American at the University of Illinois.
Kohles moves into 13th place on the Web.com Tour money list. The final top 25 will earn 2013 PGA Tour cards.
Titleist was the top choice of more players in the Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational field of 144 in the golf ball category with 101 (70%), more than seven times the nearest competitor with 14. Titleist was also the field favorite in the iron (49), wedge (169) and putter (54) categories.
A total of 41 players relied upon Titleist drivers at the event, including a combined 25 who chose the new 913D3 (19) and 913D2 (6) models.
SOUTH AFRICA: Titleist Brand Ambassador Allan Versfeld (Pro V1x, 910D3 driver, 910F fairway metal, CB irons, Vokey Design wedges, Scotty Cameron putter) went from a three-shot deficit to a three-shot victory at the Vodacom Origins of Golf. Versfeld carded a final round 5-under par 67 en route to an 18-under par 198 victory total to claim his maiden victory on the Sunshine Tour. Ockie Strydom, who led the tournament through the first two rounds, posted a runner-up finish three shots behind Versfeld, followed by fellow Pro V1x loyalist Keith Horne.
Five players tied for fourth, including Titleist Brand Ambassadors Jbe Kruger and Shaun Norris, as seven of the top eight finishers relied upon a Pro V1x golf ball for their success.
Titleist was the top choice of more players in the field of 72 in the golf ball category with 50 (69%), more than twice the nearest competitor with 19.
CHINA: Pro V1 x Loyalist Xin Jun Zhang of China won the China PGA Champions Tour Shandong event by one shot after converting an eight-foot par putt on the 72nd hole. Zhang posted a final round 3-under 69 and 1-under par 287 victory total to secure his second career win on the China PGA Champions Tour, with his first coming in January at the Hainan event. Pro V1x loyalist Wei Hai Kong finished alone in 3rd, two shots behind Zhang, while Wei Huang Wu (Pro V1x) was among three players who tied for 4th place.
Titleist was the top choice of more players in the field of 130 in the golf ball category with 91 (70%), more than four times the nearest competitor with 20.
LPGA: Titleist was the top choice of more players in the Evian Masters field of 111 in the golf ball category with 75 (68%), more than seven times the nearest competitor with 10.
Posted: July 27, 2012
This week Team Titleist heads north of the border for the RBC Canadian Open. The event is being contested at Hamilton Golf & Country Club in Ancaster, Ontario, for the first time since 2006 and fifth time overall.
The RBC is a "fifth major" for the many Canadian players in the field, including Pro V1 loyalists Matt McQuillan and Mike Weir, as well as Pro V1x loyalists David Hearn and Titleist Brand Ambassador Graham Delaet (pictured below).
"The Canadian Open is special to me. It's my national championship, or our national championship," Graham said earlier this week. "And it's one that I mark on the calendar at the start of the year that I'm always excited about.
"I appreciate all the support in Canada, and I know I've got a lot of fans and people cheering for me. I'm looking forward to the week."In total, 103 players in the field are trusting Titleist golf balls for their success, more than six times the nearest competitor with 15 and more than all other golf balls combined. Titleist is also first in iron sets (39); sand, lob and approach wedges (140); and putters (60).
Posted: July 23, 2012
Titleist Brand Ambassador Scott Stallings won the True South Classic Sunday, trusting a Titleist Pro V1x golf ball, AP2 (712 Series) irons and a bag of Titleist equipment to shoot four consecutive rounds in the 60s and set a tournament record 24-under 264.
Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x players have combined for 97 victories to so far this season across the worldwide professional tours, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 12 and more than all other golf balls combined.
A total of 12,028 players have teed up Titleist golf balls in those same events, as compared to 1,911 for the nearest competitor.
In his first start ever at Annandale, Stallings held a share of the 54-hole lead, then made back-to-back birdies on the 70 and 71st holes to card a final round 68 and earn his second career victory in just his second season on tour, with his first coming just over a year ago at The Greenbrier Classic.
Fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Jason Bohn (Pro V1x, 913D3 driver, 910Fd fairway metal, 910H hybrid, MB irons, Vokey Design SM4 pitching, gap, sand and lob wedges, Scotty Cameron 350 putter) also shot four consecutive rounds in the 60s and captured second place.
Stallings topped a leaderboard loaded with Titleist Brand Ambassadors and golf ball loyalists who occupied the top four positions and were among the 8 of 12 who finished in the top 10 and ties. Pro V1x loyalist Billy Horschel finished solo 3rd, four shots behind Stallings, while Titleist Brand Ambassador Bud Cauley (Pro V1x, 913D2, 910Fd fairway metal, 910H hybrid, MB irons/CB iron, Vokey Design Spin Milled pitching, sand and lob wedges, Scotty Cameron Studio Select Newport putter), was alone in 4th, another shot back.
Here's a closer look at Scott Stalling's Titleist equipment:Ball: Titleist Pro V1xDriver: Titleist 910D3 8.5º (Mitsubishi 1 graphite)3-wood: Titleist 909F2 13.5º (MItsubishi 3 graphite)Irons: Titleist AP2 (4-9) 712 Series (True Temper steel)Wedges: Vokey Design SM4 48º, 52º, 56º, 60º (True Temper steel)Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport 2 Studio SelectHalf of the 24 players who played a Titleist driver in the True South Classic field relied upon new 913 prototype models, including runner-up Jason Bohn (913D3), Bud Cauley (913D2/4th), and Chris Kirk (913D3/T10).Titleist was the top choice of more players in the True South field of 131 in the golf ball category with 84 (64%), six times the nearest competitor with 14. Titleist was also the field favorite in the wedge (104) and putter (54) categories.
Stallings becomes the tenth different Titleist Brand Ambassador to win on the 2012 PGA TOUR for a total of 12 full product line victories this year. The tee-through-green success of Titleist players translates into more wins across every major product category year-to-date, including: Golf Balls (21, Nearest Competitor 4), Drivers (12, Nearest Competitor 5), Fairway Metals (13, Nearest Competitor 8), Hybrids (9, Nearest Competitor 4), Irons (13, Nearest Competitor 5), Wedges (16, Nearest Competitor 5), and Putters (11, Nearest Competitor 6).
With his win at the True South Classic, Stallings joins fellow Titleist full product line ambassadors Steve Stricker (Hyundai Tournament of Champions), Bill Haas (Northern Trust Open), Ben Curtis (Valero Texas Open), Jason Dufner (Zurich Classic, Byron Nelson Championship), Zach Johnson (Crowne Plaza Invitational, John Deere Classic), Webb Simpson (U.S. Open) and Marc Leishman (Travelers Championship) in the Titleist Winners' Circle.
EUROPEAN: Titleist Brand Ambassador Adam Scott posted a runner-up finish at the Open Championship, one shot shy of forcing a playoff. Titleist golf ball loyalist and World No. 1 Luke Donald tied for 5th place.
Posted: July 19, 2012
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The 2012 Open Championship is underway and players are not wasting anytime in making a run for the Claret Jug. Early round action has already featured a flurry of birdies and low scores, including Adam Scott's 6-under 64 (tying the record for the lowest score ever recorded in 11 Open Championships at Royal Lytham & St Annes).
Adam is one of 86 players in the field that are trusting Pro V1 or Pro V1x for their success at the Open Championship, more than four times the nearest competitor with 19 and more than all other competitors combined. Titleist also leads the field in iron sets (33); and sand, lob and approach wedges (123).
The year's third major is already shaping up to be a classic and we're excited to see the story unfold.
When Titleist Brand Ambassador Steve Stricker steps to the first tee Thursday afternoon at The Open Championship, he'll have a new prototype Titleist 913D3 driver in the bag for the first time.
After hitting some inconsistent drives during his Tuesday practice round at Royal Lytham & St. Annes, Steve suspected he had cracked the face of his Titleist 909D3 driver, a fact confirmed by Titleist Director of Tour Promotions Chris Tuten.
The Titleist Leadership Team quickly went to work, providing Stricker immediate options in the new prototype 913 for testing Tuesday afternoon.
"I could tell that something was wrong with the driver yesterday during practice and sure enough there was a fracture along the sweet spot," said Stricker. "I'm disappointed to see the 909 go, but I worked with Chris (Tuten) the last day and a half and I am excited about putting the new 913 in play.
"The new technology is great. The 913 goes straighter, is more forgiving, has a bigger sweet spot and when I do mishit it it still goes the distance."
During an extensive fitting session, Stricker and the Titleist Tour staff dialed in his driver settings and arrived at the following optimal configuration:Model: Titleist 913D3Loft: 8.5ºSureFit Hosel Setting: A1Shaft: Fujikura Tour Spec 8.2x, tipped 1" at 45"Swingweight: D5Grip: Tour Velvet Cord 58 with 1 wrap
Titleist's tour seeding and validation process for the prototype 913 drivers began just under a month ago at the PGA Tour's AT&T National event at Congressional Country Club.Last week, 21 players had prototype 913 drivers in the bag at the John Deere Classic, while 20 players gamed the new drivers at the Scottish Open.